The federal government must play a leadership role

Ottawa, November 29, 2018 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) commends the leaders of federal political parties for their attention to the Government of Ontario’s proposed cuts to the Université de l’Ontario français and the French Language Services Commissioner. The federal leaders have good reason to be concerned about these measures targeting Ontario’s Francophone community because they could have a major impact on minority language communities elsewhere in the country.

“Official language minority communities across Canada are asking us to stand strong and not give up our hard-won rights,” said Carol Jolin, president of the AFO. “When the rights of Francophones in Ontario – the province with the largest number of Francophones after Québec – are denied, the rights of all official language minorities in Canada are threatened.”

The issue’s profile is growing across the country. Demonstrations to stand in solidarity with Ontario’s Francophones are being organized in several Canadian provinces and territories.

Franco-Ontarians will be out in large numbers on December 1st to make their disapproval of the Government of Ontario’s decisions loud and clear. Forty rallying points have been identified. More than 2,000 people have already registered for a demonstration to be held in front of the Human Rights Monument in downtown Ottawa. Mélanie Joly, federal Minister of La Francophonie, will be in attendance at this event.